By on October 19, 2011

When you’re fighting a lost cause, no news can be good news. Which is why a media-distracting scandal involving Swedish Social Democrat Party leader Hakan Juholt has been one of the best things to happen to Saab since… the late 1980s or so. But here at TTAC, we’re always ready to remind our Swedish friends of the futility of human endeavor… a trait they apparently appreciate (see above). And what little news there is coming out of Sweden is bad.

Yes, Youngman has provided more information to the Swedish National Debt Office, which must approve the proposed Youngman and PangDa ownership stakes. But the NDO still doesn’t sound optimistic, as a spokesperson tells automotorsport.se:

“As it looks in the current situation, we have received the additional information we have requested, but we may request additional information.”

Meanwhile, the NDO is still waiting on information from PangDa. But then, Saab’s restructuring requires approval from both the NDO and China’s NRDC… and at last report, the NRDC still hadn’t received Youngman’s application. And even with Youngman’s recent cash injection, which will pay Saab’s employee salaries this month, a creditor’s meeting is scheduled for the last day of October, or Halloween. If either the NDO or NRDC are still waiting on information at that point, Saab’s restructuring will likely be deemed to have failed and the company will be placed into bankruptcy. And even if all of Saab’s ducks are in a row come the end of the month and the Youngman/PangDa money comes rolling in, it could be months before suppliers are ready to tool back up to re-start production.

Meanwhile, another symbolic nail was hammered into Saab’s coffin this week, as automotorsport.se reports the Swedish police passed on a batch of its long-favored 9-5 SportCombis, and bought 50 VW Passat wagons instead. With Volvo in Chinese hands and Saab mired in entropy, even the Swedish government is making the transition most consumers made decades ago: out with the Saabs and Volvos, in with the German alternatives. Just another reminder of futility of human (well, Swedish) endeavor.

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13 Comments on “Our Daily Saab: Entropy Sets In, Swedish Police Bail, Halloween Looms...”


  • avatar
    GS650G

    The police buying VWs is like our own cops buying Camrys

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Why not? The cops are buying Australian-made Chevys and Canadian-made Chargers…at least the overwhelming majority of Camrys are bolted together by Americans.

    • 0 avatar
      eldard

      Which would save taxpayer money on maintenance. Not to mention the car will start every time and less likely to conk out when patrolling the ghettos or trailer parks.

  • avatar
    jeff_vader

    Rumour is that it will be February at the earliest if/when production resumes. Which is odd really as its only a couple of months ago the true belivers at SaabsUnited were showing a youtube video of a few cars coming off the production line during a ‘test programme’. Even more oddly though, they weren’t driven off the line, they were lifted off on a fork lift. It was almost like they couldn’t move under their own power.

  • avatar
    morbo

    I can buy a ‘new’ 2009 SaabBlazer 9-7X at one (of the two) Saab dealers in suburbab DC.

    Which begs the question, if I buy a ‘new’ 2009 vehicle in 2012, do I get the 3 year warranty extended thru 2015?

    • 0 avatar
      benzaholic

      New car warranties are generally from the “in service” date.
      Demo models can start that clock, but the rest of the cars usually don’t start counting until the car is sold.

      The real begged question is why one would want a 9-7x instead of just getting a comparable Chevy or GMC.

      • 0 avatar
        naterator

        @ benzaholic – I have a Trailblazer and the 9-7x isn’t really “comparable” at all. It’s much more comfortable, quiet, and feels better screwed together than the ‘blazer, especially in 5.3i trim. Haven’t driven the Aero, but would like to.

      • 0 avatar
        eldard

        Why would anyone want a 9-7x instead of a German alternative for the same price?

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      The warranty usually starts on the “in service” date, but if Saab’s gone, you don’t have a warranty anyway. Or if you have unquenchable 9-7 love, you could buy an ’09 TrailBlazer, which might have some factory warranty left. You roll the dice either way.

  • avatar
    Davekaybsc

    Good luck getting replacement parts for that 3 year old “new” Saab. Also, good luck dealing with 3 years of lot rot.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      It’s a Chevy Trailblazer with VERY few unique bits. Which was oh, 110% of the problem with the thing. I can only assume that at this point the discounts on it would be EPIC. And while the Trailblazer is a turd, you might as well buy the most polished version of the turd if you really must have one.

      Sitting for a few years is nothing really. Change all the fluids and drive it. I bought an almost 2yo brand-new Saab 9-3 back in ’09 for ~$13K off list. Was a great car at a really great price.

      Though at this point I have to agree, at this point Victor needs to just give it up, shut off the lights, and go back to The Netherlands. Saabs day is done.

  • avatar
    saab_lurker

    It would be nice if the cop cars here were VW’s. Then VW drivers could pull themselves over for driving like a-holes.


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